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Report: Jean-Marie Amat, Brasserie Bordelaise and La Tupina (Bordeaux)

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Eating in Bordeaux easily rivals Paris and is not to be missed. Granted we were only there for 48 hours, but we managed to squeeze in 3 outstanding meals.

Restaurant Jean-Marie Amat - Prince Noir: Worth a trip to Bordeaux alone. Housed in a converted château. Beautifully crafted and very seasonal menu. This man can cook lobster. Contemporary, sleek dining room. Huge glass windows overlook an illuminated forest of trees below. Richard Avedon photos adorn the walls. Phillipe Starck furniture dots the room. Very well dressed crowd. Professional service but with personality. The Chariot de Fromages is killer.

Brasserie Bordelaise: Nothing like Balzar, Lipp or Bofinger. Locavore cooking. Not an empty table to be seen at lunch time. Fun, loud. Get a seat at one of the large communal tables and eavesdrop on your neighbors. The wine selection is out of this world.

La Tupina: Had my doubts, as I read that Rachel Ray did a TV show from here. But the food was outstanding. You just can't get southwest cooking like this in Paris. The suckling pig gets the blue ribbon in my book. Finish off the meal with a glass of armagnac and you'll be loving life.

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